Daily Mail reports:
A 67-year-old man with 17 aliases was charged in a federal criminal complaint involving an alleged sex trafficking operation with two teen girls and three women in Detroit.
Richard Knider Jackson appeared in federal court on Friday where he was charged with human trafficking as prosecutors claim he forced a 31-year-old and two 21-year-old women along with two teens — ages 15 and 16 — into prostitution by advertising sexual services with their photos on Backpage.com, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Authorities said Jackson, who has a lengthy criminal history as a convicted felon, would recruit women and teenage girls to his home on South Electric Street in the city to get them hooked on drugs, including heroin.
On Thursday the sex-trafficking ring was busted when one of the women was able to help the two teens escape from the home on around 1pm through a bathroom window.
The girls then called 911 after they escaped FBI Special Agent Michael Glennon said. But the girls are still missing.
When the FBI agents and Detroit police officers entered the home, they found a black steel gate with a padlock at the top of the stairs, where Jackson allegedly kept the women locked inside as others were in the basement.
‘Based on interviews, (they were) held for long periods of time,’ Glennon said.
Authorities said that when the women and girls tried to object to the forced prostitution, Jackson would beat them, as he forced them to ‘walk the track’ in addition to being pimped out online.
‘Jackson and his associates would get the girls hooked on drugs in order to keep them at the house,’ the affidavit states.
‘They often gave them heroin just long enough to have them addicted.
‘Once (they were) addicted, Jackson and his associates began making the girls do commercial sex dates and move drugs for them.’
The affidavit states Jackson used his phone to set up ads on Backpage.com for the victims, as two back rooms on the first floor of the home were used for sex dates.
When officials searched his cell phone, they found numerous text messages discussing sex acts, locations for prostitution and prices, the newspaper reported.
In addition, his cell phone number was found in a Detroit escort section ad on Backapge.com.
Jackson has been in and out of jail for most of his adult life for crimes including drug possession, assault and armed robbery, the newspaper reported.
It’s unclear if anyone else faces potential charges in the case.
The FBI is seeking the public’s help in finding the two underage girls who escaped from the house. Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at 313-965-2323.